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A heady tour of Vermont

I’ve expanded my American vernacular substantially this weekend. The first new word I’ve learnt in Vermont is ‘crunchy.’ If someone…

3 Jun 2019

Recipe: summer crostini

Of all foods, toast has been my most constant companion. The humble slice of bread – be it from a…

Interview: Clare Balding

‘I hope that this summer can change people’s attitudes to women’s sport, and help to give girls real aspirational role…

31 May 2019

Recipe: Prawn Cocktail

It’s hard to take a prawn cocktail seriously. The pink, gloopy sauce, the (seemingly obligatory?) martini glass for presentation, the…

31 May 2019

Britain’s best picnic spots

As the days lengthen and the sun warms the earth, cow parsley fills the hedgerows and bees cloud above fragrant…

30 May 2019

Spend the weekend in…Capri

The island of Capri is a must-see for Italophiles everywhere. Lying just south of Naples, off the coast of Sorrento,…

30 May 2019

A weekend break in English wine country

Any wine aficionado worth their Chardonnay will tell you; one of the most exciting emerging wine regions right now is…

29 May 2019

Five artworks to see in London this summer

London is packed with great restaurants and wondrous works of art. Here’s our guide to pairing paintings with places to…

29 May 2019

The Art of the Garden: how to grow Irises

It is an intoxicating idea.  The summer of 1939, the atmosphere shot through with the rumblings of impending war, and…

28 May 2019

London’s best Negronis

The Negroni was born of a need for stronger booze. So where the current trend for it has stemmed from…

27 May 2019

The best places to eat near Soho Farmhouse

If not quite – as some would have us believe – the centre of the known universe, then Soho Farmhouse…

27 May 2019

Why cider is the new fine wine

Cast your mind back to a time when cider cost more than wine. In the 17th century, these ciders (or…

24 May 2019

Brexit-proof your holiday: 12 of the best staycations

With Brexit igniting anxiety around blue passports, long airport queues and the falling pound, this summer could not be a better time for a glorious staycation.

23 May 2019

London’s best street food

Maltby Street Market Lovely as Borough Market is, the queuing and jostling can get a little much. The calmer alternative…

23 May 2019

Podcast: Table Talk with Cressida Bonas

Actress Cressida Bonas talks to Lara and Livvy about growing up on shepherd’s pie and pop-tarts, her trypophobia, and the…

22 May 2019

Social media likes are a sign of mediocrity

Instagram recently announced plans to trial a total removal of the like function, to safeguard youth from the pressures of competing…

22 May 2019

Europe’s best lake breaks

Lake Como, Italy For centuries, Lake Como has been the playground of the rich and famous – from George and…

22 May 2019

Game of Thrones: the final episode reviewed

“Happiness writes white.” Henry de Montherlant My least favourite part of Peter Jackson’s magisterial Lord of the Rings trilogy is…

21 May 2019

A guide to the Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Come rain or shine, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been an institutional fixture in the British gardening calendar for…

21 May 2019

Where to buy a coastal bolthole

Realising the dream of coastal property, either as a bolthole or main home, is getting trickier these days. Prices in…

20 May 2019

London’s theatres are falling apart

‘Don’t clap too hard. It’s a very old building,’ washed-out Archie Rice said in John Osborne’s The Entertainer (1957).  London’s West End…

20 May 2019

Cannes red carpet: I miss the fashion drama before Me Too

Remember the old days of the celebrity fashion circuit? The flash-in-the-pan scandals: the worst dressed lists, the clothes that gave…

17 May 2019

Interview: Jonathan Maitland – the man who put Boris on stage

The last time playwright Jonathan Maitland wrote about the Conservative party – back in the quiet years of Coalition government…

17 May 2019

Recipe: Bakewell tart

Northerners take their puddings seriously: Eccles cakes from Manchester, sticky toffee pudding from Cartmel, and Bakewell tart from Derbyshire. These…

17 May 2019

How to host the perfect dinner party

The most comforting point to remember when preparing a dinner party is that nobody comes for the food. There are…

16 May 2019

The London Fix: what to see and do this week

What to do Music will burst from the Barbican and out across Culture Mile’s architectural gems as part of Sound Unbound…

16 May 2019